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Dana Harris

Dana Harris

Zip code 38002 has an astonishing number of accomplished artists, and Lakeland artist Dana Harris is no exception. Walking into her lovely home is like entering an art gallery with beautiful surprises around every corner. Her art is an eclectic mix that reflects influences from her many travels and experiences. Her work is decidedly feminine, connected by her unique sense of color and use of texture. Subjects range from colorful florals to textured landscapes and abstracts. Here is what she had to say about her art and life.

Dana, you are well traveled and did not grow up in Memphis. How did you arrive here?

I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended schools around the country finishing up back in Michigan to get my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  I married a military man who took me to California where we started our family.  From there, we traveled around the country, ending up here in the Memphis area in 2007.

Who had the biggest influence on your art?

My high school art teacher, Sue Terrell, saw promise in my ability to create and inspired me to pursue art at the collegiate level.  Without her encouragement, I may not have pursued art at all.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

It’s one thing to go to school and get an art degree.  It is another thing entirely to decide you want to become an artist.  It hit me when my family and I were living in Carmel, California.  The immense beauty of the landscape affected me deeply, and Carmel has an abundance of art galleries…1 for every 17 citizens.  I wanted to capture every part of that environment by painting it, and began to seek out opportunities to learn this craft.

Dana Harris_flowersWhat inspires you and your art?

I find inspiration in my life experiences and my many travels.  Additionally, my garden provides daily material to fuel my creative energies.

What was the proudest moment of your life?

My proudest moments were giving birth to three beautiful daughters.  More proud moments happen everyday as I watch them grow into young ladies.

How have your travels influenced your art?

Seeing something new excites me and allows me to see a different perspective on life.  I try to bring that new perspective into my work.

What three adjectives describe you best?

Creative, Outgoing, Passionate

What three adjectives describe your art?

Colorful, Eclectic, Textured

Dana Harris_balletHow has living in the Memphis area affected your work?

It was challenging to move here from such an art-centered community like we had out west.  The art scene in Memphis is not as obvious to a new resident.  I had to work hard at networking and seeking out venues to get my work noticed.  Along the way, I found out how deep the art community is here.  Memphis fuels my hunger for relevance because I realize how many amazing artists live and work here.  I am painting more now than I ever have in my life.  Memphis pushes me towards greatness.

Do you have a favorite artist past or present?

I love JW Waterhouse because of his beautiful depictions of women in nature.

Do you have a specific mentor? How has that person influenced you?

Erin Gafill from Big Sur, California has had a tremendous impact on my painting.  Erin is relentless – she paints, writes, teaches, travels, and shows her work in as many places as she can.  Her ambition, energy, and success motivate me to keep going.

Dana Harris StudioWhere is your studio?

I am currently painting at the Art Factory in Midtown.

Do you have an activity, other than creating beautiful art, that is at the top of your list?

While I still feel that it IS creating beautiful art (my backyard as the canvas), I will spend much time in my garden.  I absolutely love it.

Do you have personal favorites in your extensive body of work?

Nope. I love them all (even the ones I don’t particularly like) because they are all a part of my journey.

Name one goal you’d still like to accomplish…

I would love to study at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Do you have any upcoming shows or festivals?

I will have a booth along with artist Melanie Anderson at the upcoming Cooper-Young Festival in September.

 What do you see on the horizon for you and your art?

Traveling and doing art shows in other regions of the country while working hard to get my work represented at the national level.


You can find Dana’s work in collections all over the country including that of Clint and Dana Eastwood. To see more go to www.danainmemphis.com  Her work will be available at the Cooper Young Festival on September 19th.


BHS_Wildcat Games_GroupBy Lily Donaldson, Special to THE VIEW 38002; Photos courtesy of Cathy Roberts

When Bolton junior Gavin Bishop learned that Bolton High School special education students could not participate in a local Special Olympics event, Bishop took to social media. “Something needs to be done about this situation,” Bishop posted.

Bishop knew how important the field day was for the students in the Special Needs classroom where he had been volunteering since the fall semester.  His experience with special needs individuals at Bolton and Camp Barnabas in Missouri also lead him to start a chapter of the national peer group Best Buddies at the high school.


Story and Photos by Kim Odom, City of Lakeland

“Hey Tennessee!” That was the shout-out made by Sprouts Farmers Market staff as they gave a friendly wave to a growing crowd gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony early on May 13, 2015, just before the grand opening to the first Sprouts location in the state.


Lucky StiffUPDATED: Due to snow days last week, the Lucky Stiff will run through Wednesday, March 11.

The Bolton StageLight Theatre is proud to present Ahrens and Flaherty’s Lucky Stiff. Harry Witherspoon, a mild-mannered shoe salesman, inherits six million dollars from his recently deceased Uncle Tony. Harry may obtain the money under one condition: he must escort his dead uncle to Monte Carlo for a week-long vacation. Otherwise, according to the will, the six million dollars will be donated to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Throughout the course of the trip, Harry finds himself constantly trying to protect his potential inheritance from other characters who are after the money as well.


Photo by Jeremy Elkins

Photo by Jeremy Elkins

As below-freezing temperatures continue to blanket the area, homeowners could be facing potential problems from falling tree limbs and frozen pipes. To minimize damage, it’s important to find someone who can intervene quickly to make emergency repairs – a plumber, restoration company, home improvement contractor or tree service you can trust.

“It’s good to start by getting recommendations from friends and family about contractors they have used,” said Randy Hutchinson, BBB of the Mid-South president. “But don’t stop there. Check out any company you’re thinking of hiring with BBB at bbb.org or by calling our office at 901-759-1300.”

If you don’t have a particular company in mind, the Mid-South BBB can provide  lists of BBB Accredited Businesses in these and other industries who have pledged to do the job right and treat you fairly. “You can access these lists online 24 hours a day on our website at bbb.org/memphis/accredited-business-directory ,” Hutchinson added.

BBB Advice for Dealing with Frozen Pipes:

If your pipes freeze and burst:

  • Cut-off the water valve. If you are unable to locate or operate your cut-off valve, call your water provider immediately for help.
  • Call your insurance agent to file a claim. Be sure to ask for specific procedures or paperwork needed to move forward with repairs.
  • If possible, take photos of any water saturation. An insurance adjuster may need to see what’s been damaged in order to process your claim. Keep any receipts from emergency repairs for reimbursement.
  • As soon as the majority of water has been drained away, all wet items should be discarded or cleaned and thoroughly dried within 48 hours of flooding to prevent the growth of mold, according to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Water restoration companies can help remove water and set up equipment for drying areas that were saturated.

BBB Advice for Hiring Companies to Repair Damage Caused by an Ice Storm or Burst Pipes: 

  • Be wary of companies who show up unsolicited at your door offering to make repairs. Most reputable businesses are too busy right now to solicit work in this manner.
  • Beware of price gouging. Some unethical businesses may increase prices due to the high demand for these types of services during the cold weather.
  • Take time to shop around, get competitive bids, and check references and licensing requirements. You can check a company’s rating with BBB on our website 24 hours a day.
  • Access lists of BBB Accredited Businesses in these industries here:
  • Request a written contract, detailing all services, materials and labor. Be sure the contractor signs your copy before you make any payments.
  • Never pay for all repairs in advance and do not pay with cash.
  • Permits may be required for certain kinds of repairs. Consumers should check with their local Code Enforcement office to determine if a permit is needed for their repairs.
  • Confirm insurance credentials. Ask to see proof that the contractor has both liability and workmen’s compensation insurance. If the contractor does not, you could be liable for any accidents on your property, including injury to the technician.